San Pedro Sula Series

 

For four years in a row, San Pedro Sula, Honduras had the highest homicide rate in the world of countries not at war. Children couldn’t play in the streets for fear of being recruited by gangs or killed. As a result, many people fled north to the U.S.

In San Pedro Sula, Pastor Daniel Pacheco is using soccer to bring peace to the community—and it’s working. Check out the stories below to meet the children who play in Pastor Pacheco’s 50 soccer leagues.

“So many children see no future here. We want them to see a future, to dream.” — Pastor Daniel Pacheco

Uniting "opposing" forces

Pastor Pacheco organizes a soccer game between the local police force and members of a local gang. Can sport unite “opposing” forces?

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Inspiring school motivation

When Alexander started to rebel against his parents, his parents and Pastor Pacheco found a way to help him get back on track.

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Healing, finding hope through play

Six-year-old Hector’s father is an alcoholic and often absent. For Hector, soccer is a respite from the issues he faces at home.

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Trading in gang life for soccer

As a child, 13-year-old Carlos was often home alone all day. With nothing to do and no place to go, he became involved in gang life.

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Overcoming loss

A firefight between rival gangs in San Pedro Sula killed 12-year-old Moises’ friend and caused Moises to lose his arm below the elbow. See how Moises is thriving today.

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Playing soccer with a disability

Miguel, 31, never played soccer until recently. He cannot speak; he’s been mute his entire life. See how Miguel got involved in soccer and how it makes him feel.

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